4.9 GHz – Time to Expand Eligibility?

Noting that less than 4% of the potential public safety industry is making use of this 50 MHz of spectrum, the FCC released a draft Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in this proceeding, with a vote on the final document anticipated at its March 22 meeting. The FNPRM proposes to maintain primary PS use of the spectrum but requests comment on “alternatives to stimulate expanded use of and investment in the band.” It specifically asks about expanding eligibility to entities such as critical infrastructure industries (CII), leasing, spectrum sharing approaches, and alternative uses. It also requests comment on coordination procedures and qualified coordinators for this spectrum. EWA will participate in this proceeding. (WP 07-100) 

 

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